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Learning to Love God's Word
Psalms 119:97-104
Like the rest of Psalm 119, Mem is organized into eight verses, each verse consisting of a couplet of lines.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-07-06 08:24:58
2009-07-08 07:01:43
Like the rest of Psalm 119, Mem is organized into eight verses, each verse consisting of a couplet of lines. In Mem , every couplet has an obvious internal logical relationship between the first line and the second line—except for v. 97, the first couplet that the reader encounters. Thus, the reader is left to decide what the relationship is between the first line of v. 97 ("Oh how I love your law!") and the second line ("All day long it is my preoccupation."). So in a sense, Mem begins with a riddle which the reader must solve in order to determine the meaning of these eight verses. The five possible relationships between 97a and 97b are: Series ("… and all day long it is my preoccupation") Progression ("… moreover, all day long it is my preoccupation") Idea/Explanation ("… that is, all day long it is my preoccupation") Ground ("… because all day long it is my preoccupation") Inference ("… therefore, all day long it is my preoccupation") Any of these could be correct theologically. However, I believe that the relationship intended by the psalmist is ground . This is indicated by the three major themes present in the rest of Mem : Preoccupation with God's Word (vv. 97b, 98b, 99b, 100b). Wisdom from God's Word (vv. 98a, 99a, 100a, 101-102). Love of God's Word (vv. 103-104). The psalmist claims that preoccupation with God's Word leads to great wisdom (vv. 98-102). In turn, this great wisdom leads to an intense and exclusive love for God's Word due to its value (vv. 103-104). Thus, the progression is from preoccupation to wisdom to love. A few of the many lessons that Mem teaches us are: If we want to learn to love God's Word, the best way is to preoccupy ourselves with it. Memorize it (98b), mull over it (97b), and obey it (100b)! The psalmist presents this as a process. Meditation takes lots of time and effort. A love for God's Word rarely happens overnight; it takes weeks, months, years, decades! But it is well worth the effort, as the psalmist indicates. God's Word is valuable for wisdom. Often, we make the mistake of thinking of it as a rule book for life. There is more than law here—there is an entire worldview, a lens through which to view and interpret the world, a record of how God thinks of the situations we encounter throughout our lives. A love for God's Word grows at least in part from a recognition of its value in discerning right from wrong and truth from error. It should be the first place we turn for help and understanding.
10000000009976 9976 Notes 2009-07-06 08:24:58 2009-07-08 07:01:43 Like the rest of Psalm 119, Mem is organized into eight verses, each verse consisting of a couplet of lines. In Mem , every couplet has an obvious internal logical relationship between the first line and the second line—except for v. 97, the first couplet that the reader encounters. Thus, the reader is left to decide what the relationship is between the first line of v. 97 ("Oh how I love your law!") and the second line ("All day long it is my preoccupation."). So in a sense, Mem begins with a riddle which the reader must solve in order to determine the meaning of these eight verses. The five possible relationships between 97a and 97b are: Series ("… and all day long it is my preoccupation") Progression ("… moreover, all day long it is my preoccupation") Idea/Explanation ("… that is, all day long it is my preoccupation") Ground ("… because all day long it is my preoccupation") Inference ("… therefore, all day long it is my preoccupation") Any of these could be correct theologically. However, I believe that the relationship intended by the psalmist is ground . This is indicated by the three major themes present in the rest of Mem : Preoccupation with God's Word (vv. 97b, 98b, 99b, 100b). Wisdom from God's Word (vv. 98a, 99a, 100a, 101-102). Love of God's Word (vv. 103-104). The psalmist claims that preoccupation with God's Word leads to great wisdom (vv. 98-102). In turn, this great wisdom leads to an intense and exclusive love for God's Word due to its value (vv. 103-104). Thus, the progression is from preoccupation to wisdom to love. A few of the many lessons that Mem teaches us are: If we want to learn to love God's Word, the best way is to preoccupy ourselves with it. Memorize it (98b), mull over it (97b), and obey it (100b)! The psalmist presents this as a process. Meditation takes lots of time and effort. A love for God's Word rarely happens overnight; it takes weeks, months, years, decades! But it is well worth the effort, as the psalmist indicates. God's Word is valuable for wisdom. Often, we make the mistake of thinking of it as a rule book for life. There is more than law here—there is an entire worldview, a lens through which to view and interpret the world, a record of how God thinks of the situations we encounter throughout our lives. A love for God's Word grows at least in part from a recognition of its value in discerning right from wrong and truth from error. It should be the first place we turn for help and understanding. notes
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Psalms
Psalms 119:97-104
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מָה־אָהַבְתִּי תֹורָתֶךָ
Oh how I love your law!
כָּל־הַיֹּום הִיא שִׂיחָתִי׃
All day long it is my preoccupation
ground
מֵאֹיְבַי תְּחַכְּמֵנִי מִצְוֹתֶךָ
More than my enemies do your commandments make me wise,
כִּי לְעֹולָם הִיא־לִי׃
for forever is it mine.
מִכָּל־מְלַמְּדַי הִשְׂכַּלְתִּי
More than all my teachers do I understand,
כִּי עֵדְוֹתֶיךָ שִׂיחָה לִֿי׃
for your warnings are a preoccupation to me.
מִזְּקֵנִים אֶתְבֹּוןָן
More than the elderly do I perceive,
כִּי פִקּוּדֶיךָ נָצָרְתִּי׃
For your precepts do I observe.
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מִכָּל־אֹרַח רָע כָּלִאתִי רַגְלָי
From every evil way do I hold back my feet
לְמַעַן אֶשְׁמֹר דְּבָרֶךָ׃
in order that I may keep your words.
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מִמִּשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לֹא־סָרְתִּי
From your judgments I do not turn aside,
כִּי־אַתָּה הֹורֵתָנִי׃
for you yourself instruct me.
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מַה־נִּמְלְצוּ לְחִכִּי אִמְרָתֶךָ
How smooth to my palate are your sayings—
מִדְּבַשׁ לְפִי׃
more than honey to my mouth.
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מִפִּקּוּדֶיךָ אֶתְבֹּוןָן
Because of your precepts, I perceive;
עַל־כֵּן שָׂנֵאתִי כָּל־אֹרַח שָׁקֶר׃
therefore, I hate every way of falsehood.
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10000000009976 9976 Arc 2009-07-06 08:24:58 2012-07-04 14:06:41 editing Psalms 119 97 119 104 Psalms 119:97-104 19 OT wlc esv i253307 i253308 i253291 מָה־אָהַבְתִּי תֹורָתֶךָ Oh how I love your law! i253292 כָּל־הַיֹּום הִיא שִׂיחָתִי׃ All day long it is my preoccupation ground 1 i253309 i253310 i253311 i253312 i253293 מֵאֹיְבַי תְּחַכְּמֵנִי מִצְוֹתֶךָ More than my enemies do your commandments make me wise, i253294 כִּי לְעֹולָם הִיא־לִי׃ for forever is it mine. ground 1 i253313 i253295 מִכָּל־מְלַמְּדַי הִשְׂכַּלְתִּי More than all my teachers do I understand, i253296 כִּי עֵדְוֹתֶיךָ שִׂיחָה לִֿי׃ for your warnings are a preoccupation to me. ground 1 i253314 i253297 מִזְּקֵנִים אֶתְבֹּוןָן More than the elderly do I perceive, i253298 כִּי פִקּוּדֶיךָ נָצָרְתִּי׃ For your precepts do I observe. ground 1 series i253315 i253316 i253299 מִכָּל־אֹרַח רָע כָּלִאתִי רַגְלָי From every evil way do I hold back my feet i253300 לְמַעַן אֶשְׁמֹר דְּבָרֶךָ׃ in order that I may keep your words. actionpurpose 2 i253317 i253301 מִמִּשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לֹא־סָרְתִּי From your judgments I do not turn aside, i253302 כִּי־אַתָּה הֹורֵתָנִי׃ for you yourself instruct me. ground 1 negativepositive 2 inference 2 i253318 i253319 i253303 מַה־נִּמְלְצוּ לְחִכִּי אִמְרָתֶךָ How smooth to my palate are your sayings— i253304 מִדְּבַשׁ לְפִי׃ more than honey to my mouth. comparison 1 i253320 i253305 מִפִּקּוּדֶיךָ אֶתְבֹּוןָן Because of your precepts, I perceive; i253306 עַל־כֵּן שָׂנֵאתִי כָּל־אֹרַח שָׁקֶר׃ therefore, I hate every way of falsehood. inference 2 negativepositive 2 1 inference 2 ideaexplanation 1 1 1 1 wlc 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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